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The 8 Best Protein Shakes For Lean Muscle

Best Proteins for Lean Muscle


The 8 Best Protein Shakes For Lean Muscle

In the early days, protein powder was so lucrative and such a niche supplementary product, it was reserved only for hardcore weight lifters and professional athletes, but nowadays, it seems that everyone from your leading supplement store, to Geoff down the road is making their own protein label (no offence Geoff) but your protein tastes like wallpaper paste, and as for the results? Well, we’ll save that one for one for another day.

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So with hundreds (actually, thousands) of different protein powders to choose from, this imposes a challenge to the buying public. We can appreciate there’s a lot to take in, so we’ve made it easier by selecting a list of the top 7 protein shakes for lean muscle (in no particular order).

This article will give you the ammunition you need to be able to supplement for your goal.


Top 8 Protein Shakes – The List


How the best protein shakes were chosen

I’ve personally tried and tested many protein shakes over the years, all with different results. I’ve also spoke to several different people to get their views on the protein they take and then addressed both the pros and cons of each type of protein, considering people’s goals and diets to get a realistic and unbiased list.


PhD Nutrition Diet Whey

You may have already read the review on this, there are not many proteins which are full of the benefits that PhD Nutrition’s Diet Whey has and encompasses good taste and texture along with the other benefits.

PHD Diet Whey

It’s easy to mix, easy to use and has a load of benefits. Containing CLA, L-Carnitine, green tea extract and is stacked full of BCAA’s meaning it hits the list! That aside, 1 shake alone is only 91 calories and 1.2g of sugar. Ideal for anybody trying to get lean.

What do they say

“Containing whey protein concentrate, milk protein concentrate and soy protein isolate; PhD Diet “Whey Powder provides high quality protein sources, nutrients and a range of vital ingredients that can be used as part of a calorie controlled nutritional plan.”


Sci-Mx Diet Pro Protein

Each scoop of Sci-Mx pro protein has 26g of protein – which equates to 192 calories so could be used as a small meal replacement.

Sci-Mx Diet Pro Protein

It’s containment of the supplement CLA supports a weight management diet by providing the essential fatty acids that the body is unable to produce to declare war on those fat cells. A wide variety of flavours also ensures that you have many options for using this as a meal replacement.

What do they say

“High protein meal shake with diet-support nutrients. A balanced 200 calorie meal replacement drink mix with protein, added CLA, green tea, vitamins and minerals. Substituting two daily meals of an energy restricted diet with meal replacements contributes to weight loss.”


Optimum Nutrition Lean Whey

High-quality protein powder, CLA extract, L-Carnitine, green tea and milk protein – Optimum Nutrition are at it again, creating a perfect blend for anybody who wants to add quality protein to their diet to support growth, increase their protein intake or build and maintain lean muscle mass.

Optimum Nutrition Lean Whey Protein Powder

Full of naturally occurring amino acids and each 26g shake gives off a whopping 20g protein (77%), Optimum Nutrition lovers won’t be surprised to learn that they’ve another extraordinary product here!

What do they say

“You work hard at looking good because it makes you feel good. The new OPTI-LEAN™ range by OPTIMUM NUTRITION is here to help. OPTI-LEAN™ Whey powder helps to support lean muscle growth & maintenance with added ingredients; CLA, L-carnitine & green tea.”


Cellucor – COR-Performance 100% Whey Protein Powder

Low fat (1.5g), 120 calories and 4g of carbs per serving. Each scoop of protein has 5.5g of branded-chained amino acids and naturally occurring digestive enzymes and, let’s not forget to mention, 25g of protein per 35g scoop.

Cellucor Cor-Performance Whey

Cellucor can often become people’s favourites for protein and they certainly have a ‘one size fits all’ with this product.

What do they say

“COR-Performance Whey is as versatile as it is delicious, making it the perfect ingredient for protein packed recipes. From pancakes and waffles, to puddings and ice cream, COR-Performance Whey lets you get creative with how you devour your protein!”


Multipower Pure Whey Protein Powder

Multipower also have an excellent range to tingle those taste buds and, as pointed out during their review, won Sports Nutrition’s protein of the year for 2015. With a wide range of flavours and a simple blend of protein – the tastiness and effectiveness of this product are clearly the reason why people buy it.

Multipower 2000 g Vanilla 100 Percent Pure Whey Protein Powder

80% of the product is pure protein and just 4% carbs – ideal for the lean bulk! A high amount of BCAA’s and Glutamine and also contains vitamin B6 – you could be on to a quick win with Multipower!

What do they say

“Multipower’s 100% Pure Whey Protein offers 80% high quality Protein from three different sources – Whey protein isolate, concentrate and hydrolysate. By using Isolate as the primary source, each serving is packed with 24g of pure protein (including 5.7g of BCAAs and 3.8g of L-Glutamine) and has only 1.4g of carbs.”


Bulk Powders Complete Lean Mass Protein

A new and improved formula from Bulk Powders, containing glucomannan, CLA, L-Carnitine and Green tea extract, it’s perfectly designed to be able to give you the results you need and keep you feeling full for a few hours, plus it tastes out of this world!

BULK POWDERS Complete Diet Protein Shake Advanced Weight Loss and Meal Replacement Powder

Unlike most protein blends, this can also contribute to maintaining your cholesterol levels and contains not just whey protein but also egg white and milk protein.

What do they say

“Complete Diet Protein™ ADVANCED, is, as the name suggests, the most complete diet protein shake available today. It contains only the most effective ingredients, in their most effective dosages. Compare it to any other diet protein on the market and see that nothing comes close.”


Maximuscle Promax Lean Protein Powder

25g of pure protein which is fast acting and can keep you feeling full for hours. With green tea extract and 400 mg of L-carnitine per scoop, Maximuscle takes a scientific approach to formulating their products which is why each serving also contains 80mg of caffeine to increase your focus – so can be used as a pre-workout meal too.

Maximuscle Promax Lean Protein Powder, Formulated to Build Lean Muscle

Each scoop of protein contains 137 calories, 3.7g carbs and 25g protein – the only downside is that the product is only 68% protein.

What do they say

“Maximuscle Promax Lean contains 25 g of BioMax True Protein; our unique blend provides high-quality protein to support your lean muscle goals. Promax Lean is a high protein, low fat and low sugar shake to complement your daily diet.”

The Protein Works Whey Extreme

The Protein Works have this one to perfection. A high quality protein that carries essential vitamins, minerals, BCAA’s and glycine – all in 124 calories!

tpw 100 whey

With a rich and silky texture which is easy to blend and add to your favourite foods, you’d be daft not to try it!

What do they say

“TPW™ 100% Whey Extreme is unrivalled in terms of protein, vitamin and amino density. Along with our exclusive TPW protein blend, iBCAA and all-natural flavours, we have also infused 100% Whey Extreme with a nutrient packed vitamin blend, containing over 13 vitamins and mineral in every shake! With this incredible nutritional profile and epic taste, TPW 100% Whey Extreme has broken new ground in ultra pure, lean protein shakes.”


What makes a good protein shake?

Choose the right product for you!

It’s decision-making time! What do YOU want from this protein? What you’re looking for in a lean protein product is supplementation which supports lean muscle gains such as CLA and L-Carnitine.

Ideally, the product should be low in calories and high in protein. If you are browsing the market and find a protein which is 400 calories a shake and only 15% protein (they probably exist), you know that’s not right for you.

 Calories per shakeProteinCarbsFats
Sci-Mx Diet Pro Protein11921 g4 g1 g
PhD Nutrition Diet Whey9117 g2.75 g1.38 g
Optimum Nutrition Lean Whey Protein9820 g1.4 g1.2 g
Cellucor - COR-Performance 100% Whey Protein Powder12024 g3 g1.5 g
Multipower Pure Whey Protein Powder11524 g1.4 g1.3 g
Bulk Powders Complete Lean Mass22040.3 g3.9 g4.8 g
Maximuscle Promax Lean Protein Powder13725 g3.7 g2.0 g

Chris has a forceful passion to drive and motivate fitness enthusiasts. An IT geek by trade, Chris’ devotion to health, fitness and bodybuilding drove him to become a key architect and benefactor for Bodybulk, aiming to instigate and inspire change to the fitness industry.

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